A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Russian Special Economic Zones: Business Navigator

Study of investment activity in Russian SEZs

The all-round analysis and comprehensive assessment of investment activity in Russian Special Economic Zones (SEZs) offered in this publication provide investors with essential information concerning the Russian SEZs, which intensifies cooperation in investment projects and has a positive effect on innovative enterprises.

The publication examines the practice of establishing and developing SEZs and the specifics of their functioning in various countries, such as Japan and Singapore. Then, the authors proceed to cite key indicators of the Russian SEZs which demonstrate positive dynamics.

For example, the total number of SEZ residents increased from 246 in 2012 to 656 in 2017, while their aggregate revenue reached 156,101 million rubles in 2017. Notably, labor productivity of the SEZ residents in 2017 was 38% higher than the all-Russian average.
The authors of the report give full consideration to the specifics of SEZ operating in Russia, such as the procedure for acquiring a SEZ resident status, main requirements for SEZ residents depending on the type of SEZ, and principal features of the process of SEZ establishment depending on its type.

SEZs Investment Attractiveness Index

The report lists the primary privileges available to SEZ residents, such as federal and regional tax exemptions, national guarantees, advanced infrastructure, preferential lease price and purchase of land, and a free customs zone, with special emphasis on the tax privileges in SEZs.

A large section of the publication is devoted to profiles of the Special Economic Zones of the Russian Federation. The publication also offers the National SEZ Investment Attractiveness Index. Importantly, the authors provide the methodology for calculating the index which makes the results easier to understand.

This publication has been posted in the Roscongress Information and Analytical System on the recommendation of the Roscongress Foundation expert community.
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